DISPLAY OF THE HISTORY OF ARMENIAN SPORT IN TURKEY TO BE HELD AT THE GENOCIDE INSTITUTE

armradio.am
01.09.2008 14:47

September 2-15 an exhibition on "The history of Armenian sport in
the Ottoman Empire" will be opened at the Armenian Genocide Museum
of RA National Academy of Sciences. It will include some 70 photos,
documents, periodicals presenting the history of about 100 Armenian
sport clubs and football teams.

Armenian sports clubs and sportsmen have had a considerable
contribution to the development of sports in the Ottoman Empire.

The Armenian sports clubs organized Armenian Olympic Games in
Constantinople between 1911 and 1914.

In 1912 two Armenian athletes - Vahram Papazyana and Mkrtich Mkryan
participated in the 5th Summer Olympics in Stockholm, for the first
time representing the Empire at the Olympic Games.

Vahan Cheraz was the first to teach football and organize football
matches in Turkey.

A number of Armenian sportsmen fell victims of the genocide between
1915 and 1920 and the Armenian sport clubs suspended their activity.